Episode Archives

Man in virtual reality

Remember virtual reality? Back in the 1990’s, it was going to be the technology of the future.  Today, it’s here. But we're still figuring out what to do with it.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 26, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 26, 2017
January 30, 2019

ice up close

Low temperatures don't have to get you down — stay indoors and celebrate our collective triumphs over frigid conditions with this collection of conversations about embracing the cold.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 29, 2019

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January 29, 2019

Writing the future

Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they’re young, gifted, and Native American.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 26, 2019

Previous Airdates:

January 26, 2019
September 07, 2019
May 23, 2020

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ

Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 21, 2017

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October 21, 2017
March 31, 2018
January 26, 2019
December 07, 2019

The women who rule (this hour)

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 09, 2018

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June 09, 2018
January 19, 2019
November 09, 2019
June 06, 2020

Prison bars

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?Read more

Original Air Date:

June 25, 2017

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June 24, 2017
April 28, 2018
January 19, 2019
November 23, 2019
October 10, 2020

Teens march in Madison on March 14, 2018

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 17, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2020
January 12, 2019
March 17, 2018

Putting off the work

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?

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Original Air Date:

January 03, 2016

Previous Airdates:

January 03, 2016
December 30, 2017
January 12, 2019

Final curtain

If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 19, 2018

Previous Airdates:

May 19, 2018
January 05, 2019
October 12, 2019

Abstaining from alchohol in January?

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 06, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2015
January 17, 2016
January 01, 2017
January 04, 2018
January 05, 2019

The End

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 30, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 30, 2017
December 29, 2018
December 28, 2019

Octopus

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 07, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 07, 2018
December 29, 2018
November 16, 2019

Delete your account

You're thinking about hitting “delete” on all of it — Facebook, Twitter. But is that the answer, or should we resolve to stick around and make things better?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 22, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 22, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 15, 2020

Typewriter

Psychologists say telling a good life story can make you happier. But do we also create an inauthentic version of ourselves if we turn everything into a narrative?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 23, 2016

Previous Airdates:

October 23, 2016
July 29, 2017
January 13, 2018
December 22, 2018

A tree in Sequoia National Forest

Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 28, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 28, 2018
December 15, 2018
November 09, 2019
August 29, 2020

Alex Honnold

Yosemite is climbing’s mecca. It’s where Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell stunned the world with their dazzling climbs.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 18, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 18, 2017
December 16, 2017
December 15, 2018

A healing hand

As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Read more

Original Air Date:

July 05, 2015

Previous Airdates:

July 05, 2015
September 09, 2017
March 31, 2018
December 08, 2018

a gift

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and getting.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 08, 2018

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December 08, 2018
December 07, 2019

We’ve been taught to ignore, stifle, or just get over anger for many years — but what if we embraced it?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 01, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 01, 2018
August 03, 2019

Actress with long tongue

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 28, 2016

Previous Airdates:

August 28, 2016
February 24, 2018
December 01, 2018
August 10, 2019

What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 24, 2018
July 06, 2019
July 18, 2020

ice

“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists?Read more

Original Air Date:

August 12, 2017

Previous Airdates:

August 12, 2017
February 10, 2018
November 24, 2018
August 31, 2019

Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But what have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

March 24, 2018
November 17, 2018
August 17, 2019
April 25, 2020

art

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  Read more

Original Air Date:

June 04, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 04, 2017
November 17, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 01, 2020

shame statue

Social media has brought us all closer together. Sometimes that's a good thing. But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. Read more

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2015

Previous Airdates:

April 18, 2015
July 22, 2017
January 20, 2018
November 10, 2018

It's a long walk from the truth to the whole truth. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost involved.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 10, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 10, 2018
July 20, 2019
April 11, 2020

Ballot box and stickers

How do we put the fairness and the fun back in American elections? In this hour, we present a few simple ideas for how to remake the electoral process.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 30, 2016

Previous Airdates:

October 30, 2016
August 26, 2017
November 03, 2018

A splintering world.

All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 12, 2018

Previous Airdates:

May 12, 2018
November 03, 2018
September 28, 2019
September 12, 2020

Spooky train tracks in the woods

Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 28, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 28, 2017
October 27, 2018
October 26, 2019
October 31, 2020

Saddam Hussein

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 20, 2018

Previous Airdates:

July 30, 2017
January 20, 2018
October 27, 2018
October 05, 2019

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